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Employment of Foreign Citizens in Turkey

Employment of Foreign Citizens in Turkey

Employment of Foreign Citizens in Turkey

If we were to talk about the employment laws in Turkey, they are the same for both foreigners and Turkish nationals. The only difference lies in the special provisions that control the employment of foreign nationals who want to work in Turkey for a better life.

Whether they want to open a company in Turkey or want to work under any employer in this country, foreign nationals must know that they need to have a work and residence permit in Turkey to make the entire process easier and stress-free. The foreigner doesn’t need to visit Turkey to obtain a work permit; it can be obtained even if you are outside the country. For this, you require preparing all the essential documents and sending them to the Turkish authorities.

How to Apply For a Work Permit For Employment in Turkey?

If you are a foreign citizen who lives in your home country, you need to visit the Turkish consulate or embassy in your country to apply for a work permit in Turkey. If you already have a residence permit in Turkey, you need to send the necessary documents to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey. These documents can be sent directly to the Turkish authorities.

If you are going to send necessary documents from your country of citizenship, then you need a passport, work visa application, photo and a copy of the employment contract.

On the other hand, an employer must send an application to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey for foreign employees who want to start employment in Turkey. The entire process of a work permit usually takes at least one month. In addition to a work permit, if a foreign citizen also needs a residence permit in Turkey, it is mandatory to apply to the Foreign’s Branch of the Local Police in this regard. Make sure you should apply for a residence permit within thirty (30) days of your arrival in Turkey.

If a foreign citizen already has a residence permit and wants employment in Turkey, they can apply for a work permit directly to the Ministry of Labor in Turkey.

Preliminary Permission For A Work Permit

If you want to work in healthcare services, you need preliminary permission from the Ministry of Health. Similarly, you need permission from the Ministry of National Education to work in educational services. The main purpose of preliminary permission is to evaluate the skills and efficiency of foreign citizens in the field that they serve in.

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